Thursday, Feb. 11, 1937

Got load oats over. Steve Rennecker came over while a fellow here from Shiloh selling seed corn, one from Columbia looked at horses; a man begging for something to eat, etc. Eggs 20¢. Sure beautiful day, but muddy & sloppey [sic]. Louis Birkner is very low. Sheriff got Clif Stahelber & Buss, Weirsheim boy, put them in jail for stealing wrenches, dynamite from Wolfs Rock Quarry near Foster Pond, the way we heard it is also in the paper, stole in on Dec. 16; was going to put them in reform School but it is filled, so Buss & Stahelber got 30 day in jail at Waterloo, & Weirsheim got 10 da. in Waterloo paper that way.

Sunday, March 29, 1936

Went to mass. Beautiful day. Went to Waterloo this afternoon & around by Paderborn home, stoped [sic] at Joe Buss; looked at his horse. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here, after church this afternoon, a little while. Ed Meng & Hannecker was over looked at colt. Steve Rennekers were over awhile this evening. There was a fire went all along Kectritzs place, through the woods, & burned fields, they plowed around it yet so it wouldn’t reach Keckritz’s house & buildings.

Tuesday, March 24, 1936

Pap is working in the woods. The Ford garage dealer was here, left us a calander [sic] & almanac. Trast from Waterloo. Bert Thompson came to look at the colt. We went out to Henry’s; this evening, on Robert’s birthday 10 yrs. old, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to see Uncle Adam first, then stopped at the birthday. Joe Buss’s family came there to see the barn he has for sale, so they all came in the house; Mrs. Buss birthday will be Thurs. Berti milked this eve. Rose fells pretty good but still has a lump yet. Montgomery Ward Or. came today. Berti’s dress is pretty aqua, greenish blue, 34, little big.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 1935

Some men around fixing stoves & etc. Pap went up town, butchering a hog by Eichenseer’s today for the wustmark [sic – Wurstmart] Mon, at the School Hall. It rained all day. Roy Neff was around taking orders for beef, they butchered one yesterday, pap went up this afternoon & got 50¢ roast 3 lbs; sell it at 18¢ & soup meat 16¢. Alps. Karban & Elmer Buss have a birthday dance at Pautlers tonite Moonlight Orch. Gents 25 ladies free; & rain all night, terrible.

Saturday, May 18, 1935

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to Red Bud to Kirsch’s sale, this afternoon, stopped here awhile, they didn’t buy nothing; brought sack chick feed along. So many birthdays today, & many dances. Karban & Buss has one at Pautler’s; free one at Burksville. Walter Reheis has his at Manier’s Hall. Henry & family came, kids stayed here & we went, Gents 25 ladies free. Birkner Orc; not much of a crowd; he had to pay $5. for hall, besides the musci [sic]; people came paid & went again. Dudenhoeffers & Gusta’s niece & family, Lester & Margaret were out. Frank & Henry came down by Papa awhile. It started in raining at 12 o’clock. Rosalia got chain letter from Ruth Hoffmann. We planted our house flowers out.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 1933

We are smoking our summer saussage [sic] again. It is awful windy today. We fixed on our machines, put the new license on. Henry brought a load of corn up. Mr. & Mrs. Louis & Bill Reisfchender of Waterloo where here & looked at our mules; eggs are 10¢ today. the Salvation Army men, where going around begging & playing musci [sic], I don’t think they got very much. We went to Aunt Marys birthday, 56 yrs. old. dancing & singing where the main features, cake & doughnuts where served to the following people, Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Parker & family, Mr. & Mrs. Frank, Henry, Willie, Oscar, Birkner’s & family, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Birkner, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Armstutz; Mr. & Mrs. Henry Brand & family, Adam Eckerts family, Schaefers, Krehres, Papenbergs, Parkers, Robert Probst, Jerome, Hillsheim, Wilfred & Leo Cortner, Loraine & Edwin Neff, Clem Parker, Mr. & Mrs. Ignatz Neff. Oliver Kuehn. It started in raining & wind got to the north, & it sure did get cold. Philip Meuth got the priest out home, some one must be sick. Bill Haudrich of Red Bud had a little baby last Thurs. Jan. 19. Emil Haudrich & Elizabeth Buss where baptism sponsors. It is a little boy. Mr. Ferd. Vogt & Miss Mary Kroll of Hecker, graduated nurse & daughter of Mrs. Agnes Kroll where married Mon. morning at 6’o clock mass, they will make there future home in Waterloo.

Thursday, July 30, 1931

Papa & Rosalia are fixing fence along the road this morning.  I noticed this morning that Lester Gregson has a new truck to haul milk, now.  There was 2 ladies here & wanted something to eat, there machine broke & they & the family had nothing to eat, so we gave them a half loaf bread & sausage, they didn’t have no money, some gas station gave 2 gals. to go on they said.  I seen in the paper that Mrs. George Schilling got $50 for the turkey’s that was killed by stray dogs.  Bill Haudrich & Florence Buss where published last Sun. for the first time.  Hecker ball team where lucky last Sun. they both won, one at Valymer [sic] & the other with Hecker & Red Bud.  Papa drove up to Barthel’s to get the Whippet repaired.  Eggs are 14¢ now.  Alvera Braun is awful bad sick the way we heard, she is in bed all the time now, swollen so bad.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 1930

Rosalia & Bertille had house cleaning upstairs today.  Washed curtains.  There was a man here this morning wanted to know if we had any wells or cisterns to clean.  We sent him off.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here this morning.  He wanted to get some jack to raise the house a little.  Aunt Mary said there was just such an awful crowd down at Wiegands, they took up collection .25¢ a piece.  They took in $9.00 and some cents.  Bill Herzog, Lawrence Schultz and another fellow, furnished music.  Ted Eichenseer’s were cooking apple butter today.  Rosalia took 5 doz. eggs to the store & got .25¢ a doz.  I noticed in the paper in Hecker news that, Adam Eisenhaver and H.M. Hill were called into probate court at Belleville Sat. to testify as witnesses to the last will of Benhardt Buss.  George Gambach dug a new well on his premises.  There is about 5 or 6 ft. of water in it.  A St. Louis baseball team arrived here Sunday & showed Hecker boys how to play ball by defeating them with a score of 7 to 2.  Hurrah! for St. Louis.  Charles Boll is the oldest man in Hecker.  He celebrated his 82 birthday last Sunday.  Mr. & Mrs. Roy Kunz are the happy parents of a baby boy born to them last Tuesday, Sept. 9.  She was formerly before marriage, Miss Marie Rausch of Hecker, Ill.  They now live at Smithton.  Clifford Sthaleber [Stahlebher] was over a little while this evening.